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Kalkaska Michigan

kalkaskafish2Kalkaska is the county seat for the County of Kalkaska. Kalkaska County is home to over eighty Michigan lakes, as well as a reported 2500 miles of rivers and streams. The headwaters of the Boardman River, the Manistee River and the Rapid River are all located in the county.

Kalkaska is home to the National Trout Festival , held the first week in April, and has been attracting visitors from near and far every year since 1935.

Almost half of the land within Kalkaska County is owned by the State of Michigan. The DNR has developed miles and miles of snowmobile, horse and hiking trails which criss-cross the area, connecting many camping and natural areas. Many say these are the best trails in the state, leading to west to Traverse City, east to Mancelona and then towards Gaylord.

The largest trout I have ever seen is in Kalkaska.  Standing seventeen feet long and twelve feet high, you canít miss this metal sculpture in the middle of town.

Just north of town there is another interesting phenomenon, a large tree on the east side of the road. I call it The Shoetree because it is a large tree with shoes hanging from it. I have no idea why there are shoes hanging from it, but if anyone out there knows, I would be very interested to hear from you!

For some good home cooking, you may want to try Trout Town Cafe, Good food, fair prices, and good service. Who knows? They may be able to fill you in on the Shoetree!

Written by Dave.